2018 Spring Camp Quick Links

Central Pacific
Hiroshima: Info, Official SC Site Softbank: Info, Official SC Site
Hanshin: Info, Official SC Site Seibu: Info, Official SC Site
Yokohama: Info, Official SC Site Rakuten: Info, Official SC Site
Yomiuri: Info Orix: Info, Official SC Site
Chunichi: Info, Official SC Site Nippon Ham: Info, Official SC Site
Yakult: Info, Official SC Site Lotte: Info, Official SC Site

Other Useful Links:


[4/19/2018] Dayan Viciedo returns to US for citizenship

The Chunichi Dragons announced today that Dayan Viciedo returned to the United States earlier in the day. Viciedo is in the process of acquiring US citizenship. He is expected to return as soon as everything is complete (he missed parts of the season last year for the same reason, but was unable to finalize the process).

Source: Sponichi 4/19/2018, Daily Sports 4/19/2018, Sanspo 4/19/2018


[4/19/2018] Chunichi Dragons add Raidel Martinez to seventy-man roster

The Chunichi Dragons announced today that they added twenty-one-year-old Ikusei pitcher Raidel Martinez to their seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 211 to 97. His salary will increase from ten million yen to fifteen million yen (estimates).

Source: Chunichi 4/19/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/19/2018, Sports Hochi 4/19/2018, Sponichi 4/19/2018


[4/18/2018] Tomoya Ichikawa heads to Softbank in cash trade

The Softbank Hawks and Nippon Ham Fighters announced on April 18 that they reached an agreement on a trade. The Fighters will send thirty-two-year-old Tomoya Ichikawa to the Hawks for cash considerations.

Softbank assigned Ichikawa the uniform number 30.

Source: Softbank 4/18/2018, Nippon Ham 4/18/2018


[4/18/2018] Seiichi Uchikawa leaves game after taking pitch off knee

Seiichi Uchikawa was hit by a pitch near his right knee during his at bat in the seventh inning of a game against the Rakuten Eagles at YafuOku Dome on April 18. He had to be helped off the field and was replaced by a pinch-runner. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/18/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/18/2018, Daily Sports 4/18/2018, Sanspo 4/18/2018


[4/18/2018] Akira Nakamura hurts leg while running bases

Akira Nakamura hurt his right hamstring while running the bases in the sixth inning of a game against the Rakuten Eagles on April 17. He was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka today and diagnosed with a mild injury to his biceps femoris that will require two to three weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/18/2018, Sponichi 4/18/2018

[UPDATE 4/18 @ 9:52pm]

Nakamura was taken off the active roster today. He told reporters his goal was to make a return as soon as possible, perhaps even after ten days.

Source: Sponichi 4/18/2018, Sanspo 4/18/2018, Sports Hochi 4/18/2018, Daily Sports 4/18/2018


[4/18/2018] Dennis Sarfate slowed by leg issues

Kimiyasu Kudo decided to give Dennis Sarfate the night off on April 17 because the closer was having issues with his legs. There are some questions about when the issues started. Kudo indicated that Sarfate might have developed some tightness in his legs after pitching on a lower and softer mound during a game at a rural stadium on April 15. The closer also missed a game on April 10 for allergies, but someone connected to the team also expressed concern for the veteran’s legs.

Source: Sanspo 4/17/2018, Tokyo Sports 4/18/2018, Sanspo 4/18/2018

[UPDATE 4/18 @ 10:10pm]

Sarafate was taken off the active roster today. He spoke to the media and said that he received permission from the Hawks to return to the US for a second opinion. He is not sure how much time he will miss.

Sarfarte first started feeling some tightness in his hips during a game against the Rakuten Eagles at Rakuten Seimei Park on April 7. It still felt strange when he pitched against on April 8. When he went to the hospital on April 10, the media was informed it was for allergies, even though he was there getting an MRI (he told reporters the misinformation was his idea because he did not want opponents to take advantage of his condition).

Source: Sanspo 4/18/2018, Sponichi 4/18/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/18/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/18/2018, Tokyo Sports 4/18/2018, Sports Hochi 4/18/2018


[4/16/2018] Randy Messenger earns domestic FA option

Thirty-six-year-old Randy Messenger earned his domestic free agent option today with eight years of service time on the active roster. Messenger told reporters he was not interested in playing for another team and that he wanted to finish his career with the Hanshin Tigers.

Messenger is the ninth foreign player to earn a free agent option. He will not count against the foreign player cap next year.

Source: Sanspo 4/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/16/2018, Daily Sports 4/16/2018, Daily Sports 4/16/2018


[4/16/2018] Giants first to ten losses, Bay Stars extend win streak to eight

The Yomiuri Giants dropped their game against the Hiroshima Carp 5-4 on April 15 and became the first team in the Central League to lose ten games this season. The last time the Giants dropped ten within their first fifteen games of the season was when they went 4-10 in fourteen games in 1947. They have now been the first to ten losses in the CL four times (1947, 1975, 2004, 2018).

The Yokohama Bay Stars beat the Chunichi Dragons 6-1 on April 15 and extended their winning streak to eight. The last time the Bay Stars recorded an eight-game winning streak was when they won nine in a row between July 15 and August 2, 2001. This was the first time the team put together an eight-game winning streak in April.

The Bay Stars also set a new franchise record by scoring the first run of the game in all eight games of their winning streak. Their previous record was seven in October 1950.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/16/2018, Sponichi 4/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/16/2018, Sponichi 4/16/2018, Sanspo 4/16/2018


[4/16/2018] Brian Wolfe leaves start with elbow discomfort

Brian Wolfe started a game against the Rakuten Eagles at Rakuten Seimei on April 15. He was pulled from the game after he developed some tingling near his right elbow (he left after he threw two pitches to the eleventh batter of the first inning). The Seibu Lions will make a decision on Wolfe after he gets checked out at the hospital.

Source: Sanpso 4/15/2018, Sponichi 4/15/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/15/2018

[UPDATE 4/18 @ 3:38pm]

Wolfe was examined at a hospital in Tokyo on April 16. Doctors found that the tingling was caused by an ulnar nerve coming into contact with bone. He was treated with an injection. He was able to throw about thirty pitches in the bullpen on April  17.

Source: Tokyo Sports 4/17/2018, Sponichi 4/17/2018, Sanspo 4/17/2018


[4/16/2018] Ryuma Kidokoro earns international FA option

Thirty-two-year-old Ryuma Kidokoro earned his international free agent option on April 15 with nine years of service time on the active roster. He is in the final year of a two-year contract.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/15/2018, Sanspo 4/15/2018

NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
Don't forget to check these out!